By the way why should MS laugh off when they can simply... laugh? Novell certifying the laptop means more business for MS.
The price is not the big deal. The big deal is that it will have NO MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
This means the systems will be more reliable and impervious to viruses and Malware and customers will have choice. How many more will follow Dells lead and also preinstall Linux? Once that happens Windows will be gone.